What are the impacts of innovation at the local level? Sustainable economic growth, job creation and increasing prosperity are the goals. But when communities pursue innovation as an exercise in collaboration, the impacts can include better quality of life, the retention of young talent, cost savings and greater community spirit. In this Webinar, you will hear how communities measure and prioritize the different impacts they hope to achieve.
Two of the featured speakers of this webinar will be from 2015 Top7 Community Mitchell, South Dakota, USA. Mitchell is a rural city of 15,000 on the plains of South Dakota, where it is the center of a region that has lost 30% of its population over the past 70 years. But Mitchell has carved out a sharply different destiny. With a willing private communications company and a Federal broadband stimulus grant, Mitchell has developed a fiber-to-the-premise network serving every business and residence. Its university and technical school have leveraged the city’s agricultural heritage into academic leadership in precision agriculture, in which farmers use satellite and remote sensing data to develop a highly detailed portrait of their land and apply that knowledge to boost yields.
Joining us from Mitchell will be:
Also joining us at for the webinar will be a speaker from 2016 Smart21 Community, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Three times in the past fifteen years, Ottawa has passed through recessions that tested the foundations of its economy. But each time, Ottawa has adapted, rallied and emerged more dynamic than before. Through programs such as a comprehensive broadband plan that extended connectivity to all residences, businesses, government facilities and educational institutions, Ottawa has been able to thrive in the 21st Century Economy. Today, Ottawa has a has become a center for technology in Ontario, with more than 1700 technology companies employing nearly 68,000 people. Ottawa’s key industries include Aerospace, Defense and Security, Clean Technologies, Communications Technologies, Digital Media, Life Sciences, and Software.
Joining us from Ottawa will be:
Karen Letain, MBA
Director, Marketing & Communications